Honored Kid

MacKenzie

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Location

Mount Airy, MD, US

Diagnosis

Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

December 2005

Status

Passed away

Treated At

Johns Hopkins Children's Center

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My Story

MacKenzie was diagnosed with a Malignant Medulloblastoma on December 2, 2005. She had her tumor completely removed by Dr. Ben Carson on December 3, but had a side effect that left her unable to walk, talk, feed herself, or even move. She completed intense rehab therapy, as well as 6 weeks of radiation and 48 weeks of chemotherapy. In March of 2007, she celebrated the completion of her treatment. In December 2007, there was a shadow on her MRI. On January 28th, another MRI showed significant growth. Dr. Carson removed the new growth on February 13th and Kenzie resumed treatment on February 28th. She will be having two stem cell transplants this summer to try to make this cancer go away and stay away for good! MacKenzie wants to help ensure that someone invents a chemotherapy medication that is gentler on children's bodies so they don't have to live with the long term and devastating side effects of the current medications. She will have lost her hair before the event, but will challenge anyone to become beautifully bald along with her!

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